As Heather Scoffield of Canadian Press reports here, Statistics Canada are no longer publishing key EI data because HRSDC have stopped providing it.
Data on the dollar value of EI regular benefits are not published in the monthly Statscan release, but were available each month on CANSIM… until March of this year.
As reported on Sam Boshra’s Economic Justice blog, the frozen tables are
CANSIM Table 276-0005
Employment Insurance Program (E.I.), benefit payments by province and type of benefit monthly (Dollars), Jan 1943 to Mar 2011
CANSIM Table 276-0015
Employment Insurance Program (E.I.), weeks paid by province and type of benefit monthly (Number), Jan 1943 to Mar 2011
CANSIM Table 276-0016
Employment Insurance Program (E.I.), average weekly payments by province and type of benefit monthly (Dollars), Jan 1942 to Mar 2011
“HRSDC provides EI benefit payment data to Statistics Canada on a monthly basis. In March 2011, due to inconsistencies in the allocation of benefit payment data by type of benefit, CANSIM data tables related to benefit payment by type of benefit were suspended. Aggregate totals for benefit payment data were available on demand. As of May 2012, however, these aggregate totals for benefits payment data will not be available until further notice, as data for certain types of benefit payments are not currently provided to Statistics Canada.”
No explanation has been provided by HRSDC.
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